Wales

Police investigate sudden death of Maesteg schoolgirl

Image caption Holly Stuckey's father said he found letters by her describing the bullying

Police are investigating the sudden death of a girl aged 12 in south Wales.

Clive Stuckey said Holly, 12, complained of chest pains and not being able to breathe before she collapsed and died.

He later found letters accusing teenagers of bullying her at Maesteg Comprehensive School and said he has given 13 names to police.

The school's chair of governors said police had found no link between bullying and Holly's death.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death on 5 September.

Mr Stuckey, 42, said he found letters in Holly's bedroom which he believed described the bullying she was suffering at the school.

A letter written before she died said: "I hate you for what you have done to me. I feel like no one."

Mr Stuckey said: "She died in my arms. It was the worst thing any parents could go through.

"But it wasn't until afterwards that we discovered the torment she'd been going through. Bullies had been putting her through hell."

"In the weeks before Holly died she wouldn't go anywhere on her own, she wanted me to take her everywhere."

Senior care worker Mr Stuckey and his wife Lee, 47, from Maesteg, are due to meet school representatives to discuss Holly's unhappiness after she returned to classes at the end of the summer holidays.

Mr Stuckey said: "I have been contacted by several other parents who have told me that their children are being bullied.

Keith Edwards, chairman of school governors, said police had "categorically" ruled out bullying as a factor in Holly's death.

"Obviously, these people are really, really hurting. It is such a tragic thing to happen to a 12-year-old girl. We have the greatest of sympathy for them."

"The police have told us categorically that they have found no evidence to link Holly's sudden death with any sort of bullying. They have taken the letters and looked at them very carefully."

A school spokesman said: "We employ a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and offers quick action to support victims, deal with bullies and resolve any conflicts.

"If any pupil is found to have been involved in bullying, their parents are informed and are asked to attend a meeting along with their child, where the school's position is made very clear.

"Appropriate action is then taken as required."

South Wales Police are investigating Holly's death on behalf of Glamorgan coroner Peter Maddox.

An initial post mortem examination could not pinpoint the cause of death.

A full inquest into Holly's death will be held at a later date.

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